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I try to remember to remind myself that “God is in her/him/them too” in each encounter (this does not always happen it’s a work in progress).
Several years ago I learnt a valuable lesson when I started speaking regularly to a young woman, Rebecca, from Eastern Europe, who sells The Big Issue.
(For our non-British friends this is the magazine which homeless people buy from the organisers and then sell on at a small profit. It’s founder describes supporting them in this way as “giving a hand up not a hand out”. It’s usually good journalism too!) One day I asked Rebecca what was the hardest thing about selling this mag on the streets, she replied “when people do not even look at you – you start to feel you are nothing”. Rebecca went on to say that it’s not necessarily about them buying the mag but about recognising her as a fellow-human being.